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Welcome to Edge of Sports Radio with Dave Zirin, where sports and politics collide. Contact edgeofsports@gmail.com or edgeofsports@slate.com if you have any questions.

Welcome to Edge of Sports Radio with Dave Zirin, where sports and politics collide. Contact edgeofsports@gmail.com or edgeofsports@slate.com if you have any questions.
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Welcome to Edge of Sports Radio with Dave Zirin, where sports and politics collide. Contact edgeofsports@gmail.com or edgeofsports@slate.com if you have any questions.




NBA & Player Protest: A Collision Course?

This week we talk face-to-face with Michael Lee, senior writer at The Vertical for Yahoo! Sports, about the prospect of players protesting during the anthem in the NBA and how NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will handle it. Also, we speak to Lindsay Gibbs, sports correspondent for ThinkProgress, about Cam Newton's sexist comments to a female reporter and how racism against Cam became part of the story. We have Choice Words about the stupidest argument ever against anthem protests, Just Stand...

Duration: 01:27:58

"U BUM!" Sports, Trump, & Resistance

We discuss the explosive weekend of anthem protests with former San Francisco 49er Chris Borland, who famously walked away from the league after his stellar rookie season. We also go through everything that happened in the last week, a period that could be called a maelstrom of sports, politics and resistance. Finally, we ask the question: Is the original message of why players are taking a knee getting lost in the shuffle? Chris BorlandTwitter:...

Duration: 01:03:11

Sports Can Unlearn Toxic Masculinity

This week we speak to Joe Ehrmann, former NFL Player and founder of Inside Out Coaching: How Sports Can Change Lives. Also, I speak about the solidarity statement we organized to support Seattle Seahawk Michael Bennett, in his efforts to challenge the violence and racial profiling of the Las Vegas police; a solidarity statement that brought together people from Angela Davis to Colin Kaepernick. We have Just Stand Up for friend of the program, Jemele Hill, after she tweeted out truths...

Duration: 00:38:48

Houston's Field of Schemes

This week we speak to Neil deMause, co-author of the book Field of Schemes about the toll that publicly funded stadiums has taken on the infrastructure of Houston, & Hurricane Harvey's manifestation of the problem. De Mause is the preeminent scholar in the country on the politics of stadium construction. We also have choice words about the Michael Bennett police brutality situation in Las Vegas, a serious clap back at the new round of anonymous Kaepernick haters, and much more.. Neil...

Duration: 00:42:40

Inside New York City's #IStandWithKap Rally

This week, we bring you the to the heart of the several-thousand-strong #IStandWithKap rally held outside NFL Headquarters on Park Avenue, in New York City. We have engaging interviews and riveting speeches -- including my own, short speech that I was honored to be asked to give. Thank you to The Nation's Miguel Salazar for his help doing interviews at the rally. Choice Words is brought to you by Erica Harris DeValve, Princeton grad and the wife of Cleveland Browns tight end Sean DeValve,...

Duration: 00:45:46

Yawkey Way's Name Change & The Art of Pro Wrestling

We speak to ESPN's Howard Bryant, author of Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston about the proposed name change of Yawkey Way at Fenway Park. Tom Yawkey was the team owner for decades and the Red Sox were the last Major League team to integrate. What do we think about this move and how do we compare and contrast it to the push to take down Confederate monuments all over the country? Also, in a new segment called State of the Art, we speak to pro-wrestling maven Damian Smith...

Duration: 00:56:15

The Deportation of Teen Soccer Star Lizandro Claros

One of the best 50 soccer players in the D.C. area was detained and deported by Trump's ICE, but his teammates are fighting back. This week, we speak to Lizandro Claros' former coach, Matt Ney. It's a story that needs telling. We also have a Just Stand Up for an NFL player who's deeply entrenched in the fight for social justice and one for a DI college athlete who wasn't afraid to call out the hypocrisy of the NCAA. Don't miss the Just Sit Down Award and a very special Kaepernick...

Duration: 00:32:51

The NFL's Concussion Calamity

This week, we are joined in-studio by Dr. Christian Dotson-Pierson to speak withDr. Chris Nowinski, Co-Founder & CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, about the recently published study by Dr. Anne McKee which showed CTE in 110 out of the 111 brains of former NFL players who were tested (http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2645104), as well as Dr. Pierson's own research on the topic. We also talk to Lindsay Gibbs of ThinkProgress about Planned Parenthood Night with the...

Duration: 01:00:16

Inside Colin Kaepernick's Trip to Africa

This week, we speak to Ameer Loggins, the lecture organizer for Colin Kaepernick's Know Your Rights Camps. Loggins traveled with Kaepernick for the quarterback's summer trip to Ghana and Egypt and explains the significance of the trip. We also talk about the O.J. parole hearing, Michael Vick's "Hairgate" comments and much more! Ameer Loggins http://theuniversityofleft.tumblr.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/leftsentthis Zirin, O.J.'s Parole: A Fitting End to the 'Fifth...

Duration: 00:58:24

Viva Baseball: The Latino Pageantry of Miami's 2017 All-Star Game

This week, we speak to the editor-in-chief of La Vida Baseball, Adrian Burgos, about what he saw and experienced during a celebration of Latino baseball history at this year's MLB All-Star Game. We also have Choice Words about the treatment of Venus Williams by the police. We dole out our Just Stand Up and Just Sit Down Awards to a pair of legends, give you a fresh Kaepernick Watch, and lastly, a brand new section called...Books I Am Reading. Adrian Burgos, Editor-in-Chief of La Vida...

Duration: 00:45:42

NBA Free Agency Madness & the Strength of Kaepernick's Silence

We speak to the NBA.com journalist Sekou Smith about the NBA as well as advice to young sports journalists. I also have some choice words about his store partnership between the Seattle storm and Planned Parenthood. Lastly, some strong words about the push from the NFL to get Collin Kaepernick to beg for a job. Sekou Smith http://www.nba.com/writer/archive/sekou-smith Twitter https://twitter.com/SekouSmithNBA Colin Kaepernick Shouldn't Have to Beg to Play in the...

Duration: 00:50:40

How an Anti-Racist Lawsuit Empowered the Most Racist Brand in Sports

This week, we talk to the founder of Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry, Jacqueline Keeler and discuss the recent Supreme Court case that has Washington football team owner Daniel Snyder celebrating. Don't miss the powerful Choice Words about Philando Castile, Colin Kaepernick and the lost wisdom of Roger Goodell's father. We also have a very special just stand up award to a group of NFL players supporting socially conscious middle school kids who took part in a protest earlier this...

Duration: 00:45:40

L.A. vs. the Olympics

This week on the Edge of Sports Podcast we speak to journalist Molly Lambert and No Olympics LA organizer Anne Orchier about the forces behind the efforts to bring the Summer Olympics to Los Angeles and the movement to try to stop them. We also have commentary about the Golden State Warriors NBA championship victory and the trip to the White House that will never happen. In addition we have some Kaepernick watch and much more. NOLYMPICSLAhttps://www.nolympicsla.com/ Molly LambertTwitter:...

Duration: 00:58:55

Donté Stallworth Explains the World

This week, on the Edge of Sports Podcast, we talk foreign policy with 10 year NFL veteran Donté Stallworth. Also, I've got some choice words about the racist attack on LeBron James' home. In addition, we have a very special Kaepernick Watch with the biggest doozy of an excuse for why the quarterback has not been signed. Lastly, we have a letter from an Edge of Sports listener, that I will read, about the use of the word "blackballing." Donté Stallworth, 10-year NFL Veteran WR Follow on...

Duration: 00:57:30

Frank Deford: The Lost Interview

A never before heard interview with the late Frank Deford from 2013. Topics ranged from personal interactions with legendary athletes such as Muhammad Ali, Billie Jean King, and Bill Russell to Deford's perspective on the state of sports journalism today. Frank Deford's Wicked Grace https://www.thenation.com/article/frank-defords-wicked-grace/ — http://www.edgeofsportspodcast.com/ | http://twitter.com/EdgeOfSportsPod | http://fb.com/edgeofsportspod |...

Duration: 00:30:29

Etan Thomas on Kaepernick Protests & A Radical Plan to Change the NCAA

This week we talk to ten year NBA veteran and author Etan Thomas about why he attended a protest against the "blackballing" of free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick at NFL headquarters as well as the role of Kaepernick's black critics in the media. Also, we speak to economist Andy Schwarz who has "concocted a plan to radically challenge the college industrial complex." We also have words about the racist murder of Richard Collins III on the UMD campus. Etan Thomas Twitter:...

Duration: 01:03:45

How Do NFL Blackballings Work?

This week we speak to the lead football scout for Bleacher Report, former football scribe at Sports Illustrated, Doug Farrar. We talk about his extensive scouting of Colin Kaepernick as well as how a blackballing works in the NFL. We also have an extended clap-back at Stephen A. Smith for his ugly remarks about Michael Bennett -- plus, Bennett's response. Finally, I have some choice words about Robert Mueller's appointment to investigate Donald Trump, by looking at his time overseeing the...

Duration: 00:59:19

Colin Kaepernick Vs. Systemic Oppression

This week on the Edge of Sports Podcast, we give an inside look at the Know Your Rights Camps being hosted by free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, as he and a remarkable team of people try to educate youth on their legal rights, health, history and financial literacy. We also tear apart the disinformation campaign being put forward by nameless NFL executives about why Colin Kaepernick is without a job. This episode also includes a six minute interview that I did with Kaepernick at the...

Duration: 01:04:51

John Angelos on the Orioles and Racist Incident at Fenway

This week, we speak to Baltimore Orioles COO, John Angelos, about his stirring statement against racism after his team's star outfielder, Adam Jones, was hit with a barrage of racist insults at Boston's Fenway Park. We also have a Just Stand Up and Just Sit Down award, both connected to this incident, a special Kaepernick Watch and much more. John Angelos, Baltimore Orioles COO Read his statement after the incident in Boston: 'We Must Actively Stand Up': John Angelos's Response to Racism...

Duration: 00:51:18

21st Century Trailblazer: Talking Sports & Politics With Ibtihaj Muhammad

This week we speak to the only Muslim American woman to ever medal at the Olympics and the first American woman to ever compete while wearing a hijab, Ibtihaj Muhammad. It's a fascinating insight into what makes her excel. We also have choice words about the ESPN layoffs, our just stand up and just sit down words, Kaepernick watch, and the question for our listeners; are you done with football? Tell us at 401-426-3343.

Duration: 00:56:35

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